Playoff-bound Lady Bulldogs Come Up Short at Pottsboro, Bounce Back Against Callisburg

Brian GossetStaff Writer

Looking for a taste of first place, Howe nearly pulled off its comeback, falling just short 45-43 at Pottsboro High School on Jan. 30.

Leading 23-17 at halftime, the Lady Cardinals were able to keep a 10-point distance with the Lady Bulldogs. They went up 39-29 early in the fourth quarter before Howe went on a 10-2 run to cut the lead to 41-39 with 1:24 left.

After a deuce put Pottsboro back up 43-39, Riley Harvey got a steal and layup with 51.3 remaining but was called for carrying. Harvey later got fouled and hit two freebies with 29 seconds left to make it 43-41. Pottsboro was then called for an illegal screen, giving Howe the ball back.

Harvey rebounded a missed 3-point attempt from Alissa Smith and put it right back up to tie the game just seven seconds later. With the ball in Pottsboro’s hands, Harvey threw up some defense by blocking a layup attempt from Haiden Williams; but Williams snatched the ball and banked in the 45-43 lead with 5.5 to go.

With one last try, Smith got the ball with 2.2 left but her attempt from the free-throw line came up well short. Pottsboro finishes the season 2-1 against Howe, sweeping the district series. The Lady Bulldogs defeated Pottsboro earlier in the season to win the Bells Invitational.

Howe 6 11 12 14 – 43

Pottsboro 11 12 14 8 – 45

Howe: Harvey 19, Smith 10, Darci Foster 4, Peyton Streetman 4, Emily Sanders 3, Holly Hawkins 3; Rebounds 32 (Harvey 15, Foster 4, Smith 4); Steals 8 (Harvey 4)

Howe 80, Callisburg 38

Having that taste of defeat, the Lady Bulldogs, ranked No. 17 in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 3A state poll, earned a much-needed rout thanks to an 80-38 blowout against Callisburg Tuesday night at Howe High School.

Leading 24-16, Howe outscored the competition 56-22 in the final three quarters. Smith led with a game-high 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting, 4-of-8 from behind the arc and had four steals. Foster added 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting while Harvey finished with her 17th double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 boards. As a team, Howe shot 14-of-31 from the 3-point line (45 percent).

Pottsboro also won Tuesday night, clinching the District 10-3A title with two games left. With the win, Howe (23-6, 10-2) also secured the second seed for the playoffs.

Callisburg 16 7 7 8 – 38

Howe 24 23 12 21 – 80

Howe: Smith 23, Foster 13, Harvey 11, Madisyn Hargrove 8, Streetman 7, Hawkins 5, Hunter Brockelman 5, Sanders 5, Kaelen Powless 2; Rebounds 26 (Harvey 11); Assists 17 (Hargrove 5); Steals 10 (Smith 4)

Next Up:

at Ponder, Friday 6:15 p.m.

vs Whitesboro (Senior Night), Tuesday 6:15 p.m.

District 10-3A Standings

Pottsboro 12-0*

Howe 10-2*

Gunter 7-5*

Whitesboro 7-5

Pilot Point 5-7

*Clinched

Friday’s District Schedule (visitor vs home)

Howe vs Ponder

S&S vs Gunter

Callisburg vs Whitesboro

Pilot Point vs Pottsboro

Tuesday’s District Season Finales

Whitesboro vs Howe

Gunter vs Callisburg

Ponder vs Pilot Point

Pottsboro vs S&S

Alissa Smith Averages: 11.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.1 steals, 57 3-pointers (1.96 per game)

Riley Harvey Watch

Last 5 games

vs Pilot Point: 19 points (7 for 11), 15 rebounds, 6 steals, 4 blocks (5 for 9 FT)

vs Gunter: 16 points (7 for 12), 9 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block (2 for 2 FT)

vs S&S: 12 points (4 for 10), 7 rebounds, 5 steals, 1 block (4 for 6 FT)

vs Pottsboro: 19 points (7 for 12), 15 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 blocks (4 for 5 FT)

vs Callisburg: 11 points (4 for 8), 11 rebounds, 1 steals, 2 blocks (2 for 4 FT)

TOTALS: 597 points (224 for 368), 319 rebounds, 100 steals, 75 blocks (143 for 190 FT), 17 double-doubles, 17 20-point games

AVERAGE: 20.6 points (60.8%), 11 rebounds, 3.4 steals, 2.6 blocks (75.2% FT)